Sarah Erasmus, Yellowknife, NT

Sarah ErasmusSarah Erasmus, born and raised in Ndilo, a Yellowknives Dene settlement at the edge of Yellowknife, is a young, successful entrepreneur and roel model. With the help of her business partners, the 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned Erasmus Apparel was established in January of 2011. The retail storefront opened for business in 2012 to accommodate the high demand for Sarah’s clothing and products, custom designed and produced by a northerner for northerners. Sarah is very proud of her Aboriginal roots and looks to give back to the community at any opportunity she can find. A prime example of this is her ongoing support of local students through sponsorship of the "Outstanding Student Award" at Kalemi Dene School. Each year, one deserving student is recognized with an award, a gift and a plaque at the school. Sarah recognized the benefits that the school provides to Aboriginal youth and took it upon herself to provide a little recognition of this through the award.  She fully funds the award and shows up to the Kalemi Dene School's award ceremony every year to present the award to a deserving student. The students love the ceremony and the award, and it would not be possible without Sarah's support. Sarah’s creativity and generosity also take center stage during the Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Awareness months. Every year during the autumn months, the Erasmus Apparel Breast Cancer Awareness and "Movember” merchandise are among the hottest items in town with a portion of the profits from their sales being donated to support these wonderful causes. Sarah has proven to be a savvy businesswoman and role model to all Aboriginal youth by showing that with a little hard work and dedication you can achieve your dreams.  She has provided future aspiring entrepreneurs with a blueprint of how to successfully pursue your dreams while remaining true to your roots. 
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